LACMA to present Japanese ceramic lecture by Kyoto-based Amerian art dealer, June 7

Yellin Lecture - Kako Katsumi's Ash-Glazed Vessel

Kako Katsumi (b. 1965) Ash-Glazed Vessel

Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents the lecture “Shifting Forms: Ancient Inspirations in Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Art” by Robert Yellin on June 7 at 6:30 pm.

Robert Yellin, noted dealer and author on ceramics of Japan, will look at how contemporary Japanese ceramic artists are reinterpreting ancient traditions, such as Bizen, Shigaraki and Mashiko, and bringing new visions to old forms. This lecture will be illustrated using images taken by Mr. Yellin over decades of living in and working with ceramists all over Japan.


Shifting Forms: Ancient Inspirations in Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Art

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm

LACMA, Dorothy Collins Brown auditorium

Free. No reservations needed. Open to the public.

Robert Yellin owns and operates Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto, Japan and hosts the information website as well as the on-line Japanese ceramic art gallery

A resident of Japan since 1984, Yellin wrote a decade-long monthly column on Japanese ceramics called “Ceramic Scene” in the Japan Times, the largest English newspaper in Japan. He has also contributed to Daruma, WINDS, and Ceramics Art and Perception magazines, and Honoho Geijutsu, a leading quarterly devoted to contemporary Japanese ceramics.

His articles have also appeared in Asian Art Newspaper. Yellin is a member of the Japan Ceramics Society (Nihon Toji Kyokai) and his articles have appeared in its monthly publication Tohsetsu.

He is the author of Yakimono Sanka, a book about sake utensils that was recommended by the Japanese Library Association for inclusion in all public libraries. This book has been published in English under the title Ode to Japanese Pottery: Sake Cups and Flasks.

In addition to his published work, Yellin gives lectures and presentations, organizes visits to kiln sites, and leads tours focusing on ceramics being produced around Japan.